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The Arc of the Quad Cities Area receives CARF Accreditation

 Rock Island, IL – The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International announces that The Arc of the Quad Cities Area has been accredited for a period of three years for its Assistive Technology, Employment, Job Development, Community Housing, Community Integration, Organizational Employment and Supported Living programs and services. The accreditation will extend through 2021. This achievement is an indication of The Arc’s dedication and commitment to improving the lives of people with disabilities and demonstrates an established pattern of conformance to the highest nationally recognized standards of care.


This latest Three-Year Accreditation continues The Arc’s legacy of continuous accreditation spanning over two decades. The Arc has a long and respected history of providing services and being a positive presence in the Quad Cities Area.


This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable.


The Arc promotes the equal treatment of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in community life and supports individual’s interests so as to make available their full productive and creative capacities. The Arc of the Quad Cities Area’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to believe in their own unique abilities to achieve their full potential by providing quality, innovative services that focus on advocacy, independence, meaningful community life and personal happiness.

Aktion Club Informational Meeting

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Rock Island, IL – At The Arc of the Quad Cities Area, we believe that meaningful community life begins with service to others. The Rock Island Kiwanis, a long-standing service organization dedicated to strengthening communities, has teamed up with The Arc to establish an Aktion Club. The Aktion Club is for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and will provide leadership opportunities through service projects that contribute to the well-being of the community. The Rock Island Kiwanis will serve as the club’s sponsor supporting the club to develop initiatives to serve others and The Arc will be hosting club activities.

Adults with disabilities and their families are invited to learn more about the Aktion Club at an informational meeting:


Aktion Club Informational Meeting:

Thursday, February 1st

5:30 – 7:30 PM

The Arc Administration Building

4016 9th Street

Rock Island, IL 61201

Make a reservation at 309-786-6474 or

The Aktion Club Informational Meeting is free and open to adults with disabilities and their families.


Strategic Vision (FY17 – FY20)

The Arc of the Quad Cities Area’s Board of Directors laid out a long-term strategic vision that answers the question, “Where do we want to see The Arc in three years?” The strategic vision outlined below will guide decision-making and resource allocation over the next three years. 


In three years The Arc of the Quad Cities Area will be recognized as the leading provider of community-based services in the Quad Cities Area.


New and innovative services will be developed that are based on the needs, preferences, and desires of the people served.


The Arc of the Quad Cities Area’s brand in the community will be synonymous with advocacy for people with disabilities, quality services, financial strength, and viability.


We will be recognized and utilized in the business community as a workforce partner and provider of business solutions.


Throughout the area, The Arc will be known as the destination of choice for direct support professionals and talented support staff.

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